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Senegalese Violence Spreads, Opposition Gaining Ground

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Senegal’s ruling party has abandoned efforts to change the constitution after riots by opposition supporters in the capital, Dakar. The protesters clashed with riot police on Thursday and demanded the constitution remain unchanged. Opposition supporters said a proposed amendment would make it easier for President Abdoulaye Wade to stay in power. The current constitution says […]

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Senegalese Violence Spreads, Opposition Gaining Ground

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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Fierce clashes are spreading through the Senegalese capital, where demonstrators are taking to the streets to protest proposed changes to the country’s election laws. VOA’s correspondent in Dakar said Thursday hundreds of demonstrators took control of the main square in front of the National Assembly building, assaulting riot police with stones. Riot police fought back, […]

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Police Disperse Protesters in Senegal With Tear Gas For A Second Day

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Senegalese police have fired tear gas on marchers in Dakar protesting proposed changes to election laws that opponents say would make it easier for the president to be re-elected. Witnesses say the demonstrators were throwing stones at the parliament building when the altercation began Thursday. VOA’s correspondent in Dakar said Wednesday protestors destroyed a bus […]

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Police Disperse Protesters in Senegal With Tear Gas

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Senegal have used tear gas to disperse protesters demonstrating against a draft election law that opponents say would make it easier for the president to be re-elected. VOA’s correspondent in Dakar says protesters Wednesday destroyed a bus near the Place de Independence, a large square in the capital. He says riot police broke […]

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Senegal Rights Groups Oppose VP Plan

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Senegalese rights groups are criticizing a proposal to change the country’s constitution to create the position of vice president in time for elections next year. Civil society leaders Saturday likened the proposed change to a “coup d’etat.” If adopted, the vice president would automatically take power if the president dies in office. The opposition has […]

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Senegal’s Cabinet Proposes New VP Post

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Senegal’s cabinet has proposed changing the country’s constitution to create the position of vice president in time for elections next year. The opposition says Friday’s proposal appears to be a move to help 85-year-old President Abdoulaye Wade hold on to power while preparing for his son, Karim Wade, to succeed him. The country’s national assembly […]

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Senegal’s President, in Libya, Urges Gadhafi to Quit

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Senegal’s president has called on embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down, saying “the sooner you leave, the better.” President Abdoulaye Wade spoke Thursday from the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi, where he met with officials from the rebel leadership council. Mr. Wade said Colonel Gadhafi should step aside in the interest of the […]

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